In a press release issued today, AMD announced some amazing figures when it came to processor sales. With a massive 52% increase in sales for 2Q 06 as compared to 2Q 05, AMD cited the Opteron as the key component in these numbers. While slightly down from earlier this year, AMD has continued to see increased demand for the Opteron, both dual and single core variants, while slightly decreased demand for desktop and mobile processors.

This is encouraging for AMD in the server market, who still has an uphill battle versus Intel to show the world that the Opteron can be a better fit than the Xeon. Of course, no one expects Intel to sit back and do nothing about this.